Dad was good at telling long, detailed yarns about anything.
Trips he and mom took.
What they ate at every meal during their trips.
The relatives they would visit.
Their conversations. All of them.
The people I didn’t know that they would visit.
Stories from his days as a grocery store manager.
I remember mom getting a look of frustration on her face on several occasions and then saying, “She doesn’t know who you’re talking about. Finish your story!” I imagine that inside she was feeling much like the young boy in the photo and thinking to herself, “Stop. Please stop.”
Dad’s yarns sometimes went longer than necessary.
My ex-husband commented often on dad’s painstaking story telling and would stop me on occasion, stating that I was channeling his “longitude” and needed to wrap things up. Rude. I can’t help it if I inherited not only dad’s sense of humor and love of animals, but also his need for detail in relaying pertinent information that may be crucial in the yarn’s fulfillment and conclusion. Know what I mean?
Story telling and spinning interesting yarns is an art form. I can’t say dad perfected it, but he certainly kept trying over the years. It was part of who he was and not much would change that about my father. The yarns were as much a part of him as his need for a full candy dish, coupon shopping and planting a garden every spring.
I suppose I followed in dad’s footsteps with this blogging nonsense and telling tales of parents, family, cats, biking, etc. There are times when I’ve rambled on and on (writing a novel instead of a one-liner), but always hope that readers are entertained and know who or what I’m talking about. If you’ve ever felt pain, rolling your eyes at the length of my posts or its content, I apologize.
It’s dad’s fault, really, but I’m honored if I can carry on his legacy of a good, long-winded yarn about anything and everything.
I’m certain he would appreciate a yarn gone too far.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
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Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yarn.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!!